Birth of the Earth

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The Indiana story begins long before there was an Indiana—about 12 billion to 20 billion years ago. Birth of the Earth: Setting the Stage traces the history of the state from a geological perspective. You’ll learn how constant, slow change—interrupted by sudden, bold transformations—creates the setting, the characters and the context for Indiana’s story.

Use a 3-D map | Find out how the continents developed over millions of years through an 8-foot multimedia globe, or use the 3-D map to study the rock composition in our own state.

Make a quake | Jump into a fun activity that lets you “make a quake.” A real seismograph shows you how big a tremor you can make.

Feel the rocks | Touch the common rock types found in Indiana and learn how they’re all connected through the rock cycle.

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